6-Hour Program

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Full scholarships and discounts to attend PLI programs are widely available to attorneys working in nonprofit/legal services organizations; pro bono attorneys; government attorneys; judges and judicial law clerks; law professors and law students; senior attorneys (age 65 and over); law librarians and paralegals who work for nonprofit/legal services organizations; unemployed attorneys; and others with financial hardships. We encourage all eligible attendees to complete and submit a PLI Scholarship Application

 Scholarships available

Why You Should Attend
Attendees will receive the basic information needed to identify and represent low-income children in California with education, health care, and public benefits issues.  After the workshop, attendees will be armed with knowledge of the basic substantive law regarding special education, discipline for students with disabilities, advocacy for foster youth, foster care benefits, CalWORKs, and SSI, that can be used to provide vital representation to a low-income child in California on a pro bono basis. 

What You Will Learn
  • How to seek an assessment to determine if a child is eligible for special education and how to advocate for a strong Individualized Education Program (IEP) based on the unique needs of the child
  • How to file for and succeed through the special education administrative hearing/due process, when a child’s right to a free appropriate public education has been denied
  • How school discipline practices are pushing more children into the juvenile delinquency system through the “school to prison pipeline”, and how trauma and unaddressed special education needs exacerbate these issues
  • How to identify and advocate for the education rights of youth in foster care and on probation
  • How to address special considerations in representing youth and transition aged adults in SSI advocacy
  • What health entitlements and legal strategies are available for youth with mental health disabilities
  • What to do if you are representing a youth with disability issues in juvenile court

    Who Should Attend
    Any attorney interested in providing pro bono assistance to low-income children in California. 

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